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Atlas Copco rolls out low reaction tool range Leading global manufacturer of fastening solutions, Atlas Copco, has launched a pioneering range of ‘Low Reaction’ (LRT) tools.

The new line-up of battery and DC-powered tools has been developed specifically as part of Atlas Copco’s Smart Connected Assembly concept, to improve both operator ergonomics and factory optimisation. This includes a Transducer Battery Pulse (TBP) based tool that features a hydraulic pulse unit rather than gears and an oilfilled chamber, enabling higher torque of up to 55Nm with vibration levels below the minimum standard. Delivering five million pulses before maintenance is required, operating performance is up to five times longer between service intervals. For applications involving hard joints, the integration of Atlas Copco’s TurboTight® torque management technology means that the tool, rather than the operator, absorbs the reaction force. Designed to avoid operator influence, the new range of tools also features Atlas Copco’s TrueAngle® technology, which uses a gyro signal to read operator movement, thereby increasing the accuracy of angle readings and improving controlled tightening, as well as avoiding damaged threads, re-hits and premature shut-offs.


David Embley, General Manager, Atlas Copco Tools UK, commented: “Our customers are seeing increasing complexity in their product mix and demands for higher quality. A batch count of one is quite typical in today’s world of choice, so to compete, manufacturers need to produce the best quality at the lowest cost, in the quickest time. The goal is zero defects and full traceability, along with better agility to face the challenges of globalisation, new technologies and competition. “At the heart of Atlas Copco’s Smart Connected Assembly is a focus on achieving quality, productivity and traceability in complex assembly processes. Advanced tooling, software solutions and error-proofed production meets the needs of our customers in a digital world. Low reaction tooling is a key part of our vision and process control and data driven services add to the mix to equip businesses with the solutions they need. We look to maximise productivity and increase customer efficiency, whilst reducing human error and ensuring operator safety. Our customers need tangible return on investment, which is why we introduced our six pillars of value. Atlas Copco Low Reaction Tools

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New models increase versatility of pump range Pumps are an essential part of many food processing lines: not just for liquids, but also viscous materials such as spreads and dips, and materials containing solids such as fruit and vegetable mixes. Using the wrong pump can have expensive consequences in terms of both potential damage to products or equipment, or higher than expected energy costs.


good pump needs to meet the requirements of the product, as well as normal food handling hygiene requirements, such as Cleanin-Place (CIP). There are many types of pump, but not all of them are capable of maintaining product quality at a reasonable cost, plus maintain the required pressure in the system. These challenges resulted in the production of the BP Series of piston pumps from HRS Heat Exchangers, which have been proven in hundreds of food processing environments handling everything from peppers, strawberries and baby carrots to sauces, dips, fruit purées, and many other products. Matt Hale, International Sales and Marketing Director, HRS Heat Exchangers

A positive solution The HRS BP Series is a purpose-designed reciprocating positive -displacement pump, with an expanding cavity on the suction side and a decreasing cavity on the discharge side. Material flows into the pump as the cavity on the suction side expands and is forced out of the discharge side as the cavity collapses. The BP Series features a hygienic design which incorporates a separator fitted between the piston and the hydraulic chamber to ensure that there is no contact between the product chamber and the hydraulic oil. Once the pump is in operation, no part which comes into contact with oil comes into contact with the product. The standard BP Series has an adjustable flow rate between a minimum of 200 litres/hour and a maximum of 12,000 litres/hour, and features a high pressure drop of up to 30 bar. It is suitable for a wide range of high viscosity, shear sensitive and large particlecontaining fluids. Clap valves allow pumping of whole The new HRS BPM Series fruits or vegetables, and an pump is designed to be moved between production lines or alternative piston pump with even sites, reducing capital a pneumatic cylinder can be costs and increasing flexibility supplied for low pressure applications of less than 5 bar.

Multiple production lines, one pump Following the success of the standard BP Series in a range of applications, HRS Heat Exchangers are pleased to have developed two variants. The first of these is the BPM Series, a mobile version of the standard BP Series pump. This is mounted on a mobile skid unit for easy movement, allowing it to be used across multiple production lines


The new HRS BPH Series pump overcomes issues associated with priming the pump when using viscous materials

and locations, something which is increasingly popular with food manufacturers producing short runs of specialist products. Thanks to the new BPM Series, companies can enjoy the benefits of a BP Series pump across multiple production lines without the need to invest in a dedicated pump for each line, resulting in considerable capital savings.

Viscosity no problem The second addition to the range is the BPH Series. This has been specifically designed for highly viscous products, such as hummus, and especially those which are produced and packed at low temperatures. Matt Hale, International Sales and Marketing Director at HRS Heat Exchangers, explains: “When dealing with highly viscous materials, particularly at low temperatures such as hummus at 5 deg. C., the product’s thickness can make it hard to prime the pump when starting production following cleaning. The new BPH Series overcomes this. It uses a gravity-fed hopper, together with a screw conveyor, to initially push product into the body of the pump. Once the cavity on the suction side has been filled, the pump is primed and will then operate as normal with a constant stream of product.” With the addition of the BPM and BPH Series of pumps, HRS Heat Exchangers are now able to offer an increased range of pumping solutions for a variety of uses in the food sector.

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Fortress removes costly equipment risks with Remote Management Software means it has the potential to be accessed from any location in the world. The rationale is to enhance the reliability, safety and production efficiency within factories while safeguarding valuable machine assets, emphasises Managing Director Phil Brown: “Traditionally, food inspection OEMs make screen display membranes bigger, easier to use or introduce colour displays to improve communications. Yet, these advances actually make control panels less robust in wet, dusty and harsh production environments, increasing the risk of damage and subsequent machine downtime. Plus, they are more costly to replace.” Activity reports, exported on demand in Excel or PDF format, can be selected for a specific production line and/or time period for fully traceable Quality Assurance information. For record keeping, event and performance information is stored securely and remotely for a minimum of 10 years, with the option to extend storage capability to 20+ years. Each event is automatically time stamped to comply with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety management systems and principles.


n fast paced, harsh or cramped food production and packing lines, where metal detectors are subject to rigorous washdowns and knocks from operatives, modern machine control panels are especially vulnerable to damage. While most are designed to withstand water ingress, Fortress Technology reports that these delicate screens can be a costly item to replace, with machine inoperability caused by a single panel failure significantly impacting line productivity. The answer, recently launched by the company, is to take the high risk item out of the environment and manage operations from anywhere in the world using wireless machine-tomachine (M2M) communication on any portable device. Believed to be the first-of-its kind web-based browser, Remote Management Software (RMS) connects multiple Fortress metal detectors to familiar consumer electronics, including mobiles, tablets and laptops. Customers can log in and access the system via a local website built within the detector, which

For large or multi-site factories, this level of oversight is especially helpful for supporting flexible production. It means one operative or production manager can monitor all their company’s metal detectors, analysing comparative data for different inspection zones, side-by-side. An unlimited number of Fortress metal detectors can be connected wirelessly using a powerful backend SQL to monitor activity and generate reports. “When it comes to digitisation in the food factories of the future, data analytics and intelligence will be central,” notes Phil. “With RMS, Fortress is helping to bridge the gap between consumer and industrial technology and theory and commercialisation.” Aside from safeguarding valuable local machine assets, having software that connects metal detectors wherever they are located in the world means that multinational organisations can stay in touch with operations in remote manufacturing hubs or politically volatile regions. “Having centralised control enables food manufacturers to analyse machine performance across multiple sites and troubleshoot technology issues, without having to be physically in front of machine,” adds Phil.

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TLM Target Laser Cutting Growth With Universal Laser Systems Partnership TLM Laser has announced a further expansion of their laser technology portfolio to include the comprehensive Universal Laser Systems (ULS) range. This now enables the company to offer laser-cutting solutions for the broadest range of materials including organics, plastics and metals. TLM Laser’s philosophy is one of building a portfolio of world-class laser processing technologies that is available within the UK and Ireland from a single source. The recent addition of the ULS range of laser systems now means that the company is able to offer industry leading laser-cutting solutions for the widest range of materials and applications. The Universal Laser Systems products provide TLM Laser with a range that includes desktop laser processing systems and stand-alone workstations using technology developed form a “Material Centric Approach”. Universal Laser Systems focus on the materials used by companies, together with their manufacturing processes, to develop highly efficient laser processing “Tools” that can be used on any laser compatible materials. Primarily based on CO2 laser sources with a maximum laser power of 30W to 150W, this comprehensive range offers working envelopes between 406mm x 305mm x 102mm in height to 1016mm x 610mm x 305mm in height.

This broad choice of lasers, with wavelengths of 10.6μm or 9.3 μm, are capable of cutting and / or marking a vast range of materials.

Revolutionary Technology Using Multiple Laser Wavelengths One of the latest developments from Universal Laser Systems is the XLS10MWH MultiWave Hybrid™, the first and only lasersystem to combine multiple laser wavelengths and power levels into a single coaxial beam focused to a common focal plane. The XLS10 MultiWave Hybrid™ accommodates a fixed fiber laser source and two different CO2 laser wavelength sources that can be independently or simultaneously controlled for a virtually infinite number of wavelength and power combinations. The ability to independently control each component of this hybrid laser beam allows optimum laser processing flexibility for an unlimited number of organic and inorganic materials. Moreover, the unique design of the optical system allows all wavelengths to focus into the same plane simultaneously.

This makes it possible for the different wavelengths to work together to provide material processing capabilities that have never before been possible. As a result, the MultiWave Hybrid can process any material – even notoriously difficult multi-layered materials with conductive and non-conductive layers. Key features of the ULS range, which TLM’s customers will benefit from, include a modular architecture. This unique “building block” architecture easily reconfigures field-upgradable platforms, laser sources and focusing optics, offering unsurpassed flexibility as material needs change and businesses evolve. This rapid re-configuration is easily achieved as the full range of factory-aligned laser sources are designed to be fieldinterchangeable, with no special tools or training needed. For more information contact TLM Laser. 01527 959099 sales@tlm-laser.com www.tlm-laser.com


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Tough and robust, these waterproof, circular screw connectors are the de-facto standard in the process industry for reliable automated connections.


Metric M8, M12 Circular Connectors from In2Connect UK M8 and M12 connectors are used in an incredible array of industrial applications like robots, sensors, vision systems, RFID and PLCs, actuators, electric motors, console lights, switches, valves, and contactors, the automotive industry plus machinery and tooling, packaging, factory automation, and food and beverage production areas. Due to the growing amount of data being pushed digitally across modern in-train networks, combined with shrinking system footprints, its history of use in rigorous industrial systems has proven the M12 connector very well suited to meet EN50155 for rail applications. M-style connectors are categorised by the size of the threaded locking nut; these include M8, M12 and M23 connectors. In2Connect’s all new ATEX 94/9/CE M8/M12 servo connectors from HTP are available as field attachable units with solder or screw contacts. Based on the M8 and M12 threaded coupling connector ranges the connectors have been designed and manufactured to meet customers’ stringent individual requirements for environmental, electrical and mechanical conditions,


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WAGO debuts lever and push-button terminal blocks at PPMA Stand A71 at PPMA 2018 (25-27 September) sees WAGO launch two variants of its TOPJOB® S family of rail-mounted terminal blocks.


push-button version and a lever-actuated version, the first terminal block of its kind, gives switchgear manufacturers a wider choice for wiring assemblies, with three different wiring options within the same product range. The clamping point of the push-button terminal block is opened with any screwdriver or similar operating tool. Feed-through terminal blocks with push-buttons are available for wire with a cross-section between 0.14 to 25 mm². The push-button terminal block is available in 2-, 3or 4-conductor variants. The lever-actuated variant, a world first from WAGO, is equipped with a lever on the field side, and a push-button or operating tool-actuated connection on the secondary side. The clamping point on the field side is opened and


closed by hand using the lever, allowing installers to tell at a glance which wires in an assembly are terminated. Both the push button and lever actuators are orange in colour, making them clearly visible for easy identification. The lever can be left open, freeing both hands to connect difficult-to-bend conductors with large cross sections. Versions are available for nominal cross-sections of 2.5 mm², 6 mm² and 16 mm², and in 2- or 3-conductor configurations. All TOPJOB S rail mounted terminal blocks feature PushIn CAGE CLAMP® spring pressure connection. This is 50 percent quicker to wire compared to screws, free from maintenance and immune to loosening over time due to vibration or heat cycling, as well as allowing push-in connection of solid, seven strand and ferruled conductors.

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PFC100 Controller: High performance packed into a smaller footprint

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LR 35 Its Here and It’s Unique The LR 35 Vertical Buffer Module - Innovation for cost-effective inventory management

With Intralogistics under pressure in terms of efficiency, there is a need for more flexibility to stock a wider range of items within a smaller space, and guarantee faster retrieval times. At the same time, storage and handling requirements are increasingly shifting towards bins. To cope with these demands, Kardex Remstar has developed a new generation of storage systems, which offer high order picking performance , while consuming little energy and occupying little space. The LR 35 Vertical Buffer Module is an innovative solution for spare parts inventory management, but what was the experience for an early adopter of the LR 35? For Kardex customer Schrauwen, they became one of the first to purchase and install the LR 35 as an order picking solution for articles. This brought together the technology of the mini load ‘storage’ system, with an integrated order picking station. The principal aim was to align the storage of a large number of articles supplied by an automated mini load system with the speed of an order preparation station. View Video here Besides its high picking performance, the Kardex Remstar LR 35 occupies less space and consumes much less energy than a mini-load system. If a mini-load system is capable of a maximum of 130 double cycles, for example, the LR 35 can perform up to 500 order lines per picking station/hour while occupying just 60 percent of the space. Further, the LR 35 consumes just a third of the energy of a miniload system due to its lightweight design. The LR 35 is designed for fast retrieval making it the perfect fit for spare parts and MRO inventory handling, which can be expensive. According to the Pareto principle, 80 percent of a company’s revenue is generated with just 20 percent of its inventory. In contrast to fast movers, medium and slow moving goods (often spare parts or MRO inventory) comprise a high percentage of process, storage, and picking costs. This is why it is essential for them to be stored efficiently, and available as quickly as possible when needed. Kardex have a long history of innovation introducing solutions such as the Shuttle XP, the Megamat and for offices the popular Lektriever. They continue to work with organisations that recognise the short and long-term benefits that automated storage and retrieval systems can bring, delivering on the promise of improvements in labour, space saving and faster picking times. To learn more contact us at info.remstar.uk@kardex.com or call us direct on 01992 557237.


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Why do automated machines fail? Deterioration caused by not maintaining basic standards and lack of operative training, stress as a result of poor design at the outset, and weaknesses, such as poor quality parts, tend to be the main factors say three automation experts.

How to ensure machinery maintenance isn’t a pain in the asset


epresenting the end user viewpoint is Geoff Hann (MIET), Engineering Manager at Morrisons Thrapston manufacturing site, while David Jahn, Director at Brillopak looks at maintenance from a machine build perspective, and Dan Rossek from Omron reviews the latest technology that’s helping to streamline and implement a strategy of predictive maintenance. The three experts share their tips on how to maximise Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) on food production pick and pack lines by instilling a workplace culture of pride in asset care and explain why having the basics in place can lead to greater success during the transition towards Industry 4.0. Over the last decade, food produce environments and packhouses have realised the productivity benefits that can be gained by being less reactive to maintenance tasks and adopting a proactive approach to asset care. “From an end-user’s perspective, a key driver behind this change has been the growing acceptance of OEE as a measure for a company’s productivity,” says Omron’s Dan Rossek. Brillopak’s David Jahn agrees saying: “Machine technology is just one aspect of automation. In a marginal business like fresh produce packing, if a production line stops or slows down to accommodate a hold up further up the line, that eats into productivity and therefore profits. The whole process, from weighing and flow-wrapping


produce to loading it into a case for palletising must run seamlessly in order to optimise OEE. Operatives need to feel confident and familiar with equipment. Chaotic layouts, factory clutter and workforce hostility towards automation are probably the most common reasons that production gets disrupted.” For Geoff Hann, greater productivity and machine availability starts with getting the entire workforce, from machine operatives to managers, engaged with 5S. Originating from Toyota in Japan the late 1950s, the Kaizen-inspired 5S pillars creates a sense of ownership and empowerment among the workforce while introducing better housekeeping standards says Geoff. “Being orderly, clean and standardised in your approach to automated machinery care is the foundation of a good asset care and maintenance programme,” he emphasises. Back to basics The lifespan of automated equipment will vary by application and depends how hard each machine is worked and how well it’s looked after, notes David. “Maintained correctly, and providing flexibility has been built into the initial design, an automated packing system could last over 20 years,” he suggests. Read More on engineering-update.co.uk

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Pilz to present safe and smart automation solutions at ppma 2018 Packaging-related processes require a high level of automation and flexibility to be efficient and profitable.

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With this in mind we’ll be exhibiting our Pilz Smart Factory at the 2018 PPMA Show, which demonstrates how our products can help you achieve intelligent networking and flexible production in your plant, whilst making sure you always have safety at the forefront.

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Pirana CMMS - New Resource Planner FM Module Shire Systems have announced a brand new FM module for their popular Maintenance Management system, Pirana CMMS.


he Resource Planner offers a Calendar view of Work Orders, Schedules, Shifts, Unavailability, Staff Suitability based on Trades, Locations and working hours.

Plus, there is a new ‘My Diary’ feature enabling drag-anddrop options for work orders. There are other significant developments in the new version of the UK No.1 software solution for maintaining assets and controlling maintenance operations, Pirana CMMS. The enhanced Key Performance Indicators utility delivers an instant view into maintenance efficiency and process performance. The KPI module interface has been advanced and new metrics added to highlight the worst performing assets, monitor uptime and regulate costs. It’s easy to schedule work, control costs and meet regulatory compliance and the stress free work scheduler supports reduced downtime and minimal resource wastage which in turn frees up extra time and slashes costs. As standard Pirana CMMS delivers what you would expect from the leading provider: • Asset, Meter & Task Registers. • Checklists & Condition Monitoring (Servicing and Inspection). • Preventative Maintenance, Work Scheduling & Requests. • Meter Readings and Routes. • Stock, Inventory & Purchasing Control. • Costs & Charges Management (ideal for Contractors). • Management KPIs & Reporting. • Document & Image Management. • Personalised Dashboard. • Detailed Reporting. • Extensive Security Options. • Customisable. • Choice of Language. • Rapid Deployment.


Setup options • On-premise(installed on your own network). • On-demand (cloud). • Stand-alone (laptop/PC). • Mobile. Pirana Mobile solutions are a simple, yet powerful set of mobile applications for use on or off-line. Simply setup users and devices and your workforce is ready to process work orders on the move. Huge savings on travel, admin, printing and phone call charges are possible. Depending on choice, budget and working environment Shire Systems can advise on or supply a range of devices including those that are ruggedised, drop tested, submersible, IP67, ATEX compliant, integral barcode or RFID scanner. FREE Trial, FREE Roadshows, FREE Demo.

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September 2018

Christeyns Food Hygiene launches the ultimate CIP Solution Christeyns Food Hygiene, based in Warrington, has partnered with H&M Disinfection Systems to launch a new, bespoke containerised CIP system for optimising cleaning equipment in the food and dairy industry. Container In Place is a bespoke, containerised Cleaning in Place (CIP) system which comes fully loaded and self-contained, ready to be connected directly to existing pipework, tanks and associated equipment, providing an immediate and cost-effective upgrade to cleaning requirements. In many plants CIP equipment can be old and those responsible for it’s specification, installation and setting of parameters may no longer be with the business. In addition, modifications to the CIP set may have taken place over time, changing the original operating parameters or flow dynamics, which can affect the efficacy of a clean. Emerging food safety challenges in recent years, such as allergen management and species control, may have also placed additional burdens on the equipment. Modernising or replacing a CIP set itself requires capital expenditure which may be


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difficult to secure. There is also the challenge of being able to assign a sufficient break in a production schedule to actually replace pumps, tanks, heat exchangers and control equipment. This new Container in Place system is completely self-contained with its own heating system and as it only requires a water and power source it can be flexibly situated. The system also provides full PLC control, CIP printed reports and remote access. The full system fits inside a standard 20 foot shipping container and can be built to order in around three months. The Container in Place not only frees up factory space but also allows a CIP system to grow as business grows, without any interruption in production. It also acts as a back-up system during breakdowns or maintenance. Providing flexible solutions for cleaning and sanitising, tailored to individual needs is what Christeyns Food Hygiene does best. With around 30 years of experience, it is one of the UK’s most trusted providers of industrial hygiene solutions, working across the food, beverage, brewing, dairy and pharmaceutical industries. www.christeynsfoodhygiene.co.uk uk-foodinfo@christeyns.com

September 2018

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September 2018

Yorkshire-based Contract Production Ltd has increased its capacity by 400% virtually overnight thanks to a £250,000 investment in new technology. Contract Production manufactures a range of subcontract electronic products and printed circuit board assemblies for a wide variety of industries. This can be one-off prototypes, up to volumes in their 10,000’s. A recent investment and installation of an AM100 Panasonic Pick and Place line has enabled the company to increase its output by an astonishing 400%.


he new production line populates printed circuit boards and can place a staggering 30,000 components per hour, blowing away previous capacity limits. The investment has already led to CPL has won its largest ever customer order, only weeks after investing in new technology that made the deal possible. The new capacity on its manufacturing floor helped clinch the six-figure contract to supply more than 1000 sets of circuit boards for an overseas customer. It is hoped the contract fulfilment to stiff deadlines will lead to even larger, follow on orders. “This essentially, means that we now measure productivity in seconds not minutes,” said Managing Director Simon Norris. “Thanks to the new production line we have added an extra 30-40 weeks of working capacity to the business annually; In time, that could see our work force go from 20 employees to around 50-60 which will be great news for the area.” The new pick and place machine was manufactured in the Far East and shipped to the manufacturing base in Pickering. The system has effectively streamlined the company’s whole process, taking a bare printed circuit board, populating it and producing an inspected product at the end of the line.


“Obviously, the speed depends on the complexity of the circuit board or product we are producing,” said Simon. He added: “There has been a lot of talk about the UK’s stagnating productivity levels but this investment into Contract Productions shows there is opportunity and we can now deliver on much larger orders with improved turnaround for our customers that we could only dream of a few weeks ago. It is a major leap forward technology-wise and we are all very excited about the possibilities this brings for the business and our customers.”

As well as the larger orders going into the hundreds of thousands Contract Production also produces one-off prototypes or low rate production runs for clients - often hand-placed for new products yet to go to market. These can be anything that requires circuit boards, from GPS tracking devices to wind turbines, cameras to measuring instrumentation for deep sea oil drilling rigs. The team is also attending the WNIE (What’s New in Electronics) Show in September and can be visited on Stand F62.

The Contract Production website can be found at: www.contract-production.co.uk

September 2018

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September 2018

Spray nozzles and so much more…. Spray nozzle specialists THE SPRAY NOZZLE PEOPLE (SNP) are pleased to announce a new range of spray control products. SNP have established themselves over the last 18 years as leading experts in spray nozzle technology advising a multitude of food process, manufacturing and chemical companies on correct nozzle selection and spray process optimisation, as quite simply the control of the fluid supply to their nozzles is of vital importance. Commenting on their range of spray control products, Marketing Director Ivan Zytynski said, “We are confident in our technical expertise to specify the correct spray nozzle for any application but this is only one of all the factors that need to be considered - if the fluid supplied to that nozzle is not properly controlled.” He continued, “With a proven and solid set of air and fluid regulators now in our product range we can have more confidence our nozzle system will work as specified.” The new SNP product range includes hygienic fluid regulators, filters, air regulators and valves for use with SNP’s air atomising nozzles. The Spray Nozzle People are part of the Spray People Group.

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September 2018

The PPMA Show 2018 Celebrating 30 years of excellence in processing & packaging technology The three-day event celebrates its 30th anniversary this autumn and is already shaping up to be the biggest and best show in its 30-year history. With 350 exhibitors presenting a host of new product launches and the latest technology innovations, and a free conference and first-class speaker lineup poised to tackle key industry issues, the PPMA Show 2018 looks set to offer a unique, informative and value-added visitor experience. The diversity of exhibitor stands will ensure every aspect of the production environment is represented, from filling and packaging machinery, processing equipment to robotics, automation and vision systems, making the PPMA Show the ‘goto’ industry event.

Enterprise Zone – a hub of knowledge share and networking The Enterprise Zone will be a focus of learning and networking during the show with its twoday conference providing expert knowledge and insights into the latest industry trends, with presentations, interactive panel discussions, case studies and personal experiences on how to increase efficiencies and future-proof businesses. Topics will include Industry 4.0, automation, augmented reality, sustainability, the future of food manufacturing as well as the impact of plastics in packaging. ‘Visitors can attend keynote speeches from two of the most respected business leaders. Lord Mark Price, the former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, whose previous roles included Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, will urge visitors to start preparing for what lies ahead post-Brexit.


Jonathan Warburton, Chairman of Warburtons, meanwhile, will focus on how to build a long-term business by drawing on his own experiences of leading the growth his business into a £550m turnover organisation. The Enterprise Zone will also house the Bright Ideas – Ambassador Programme, which is a new addition to this year’s show. It will offer free advice for start-up ventures and entrepreneurs, or those investigating specific products or services. Visitors will be ‘matched’ with relevant knowledge experts, who will offer advice, guidance and product information. Daily lunchtime drinks and the PPMA Industry Awards 2018 will also allow for informal networking during the show. Speaking ahead of the event, Richard Little, PPMA Show Director, said, “It’s really important that the PPMA Show visitor experience doesn’t cease when the exhibition closes its doors. “We want to ensure that the benefits of coming along to our event continues to deliver well beyond the show, by ensuring that visitors take away the knowledge, foresight and inspiration to make a positive difference to their own businesses. “The PPMA Show 2018 is an encyclopedia of processing, packaging, automation and vision companies, providing learning experiences, networking opportunities and hours of free expert consultation,” he added.

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September 2018

LEMO T Series connector sealed to IP68

Lemo will be exhibiting its latest range of compact lightweight sealed connectors for outdoor applications at the electronic design show 2018 LEMO, the acknowledged leader in the design and manufacture of precision custom connection and cable assembly solutions, will be exhibiting its latest compact lightweight sealed connectors, specifically designed for outdoor applications, at the Electronic Design Show, Ricoh Arena, Coventry from 17-18 October this year. With a reputation for designing precision connectors for over 70 years, LEMO will be highlighting a wide range of high quality reliable connectors and cable assemblies with prominence given to the T Series push-pull self-latching multipole connector. This rugged, sealed connector features IP68 rating and is ideal for applications ranging from medical, test and measurement to industrial controls.

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September 2018

Dedicated to the technology of vacuum Vacuum Expo is making its way to Ricoh Arena, Coventry for two action-packed days of learning, networking and connecting with the vacuum industry’s top suppliers. Now in its ninth year, the UK’s Vacuum Expo event, returns to Ricoh Arena for the biggest and best edition yet! It boasts 45+ vacuum technology companies alongside a range of specialist meetings as part of the co-located 9th Vacuum Symposium. Vacuum Expo offers a unique vantage point for engineers, production managers and technicians to develop their knowledge and skills in vacuum technology, vacuum handling and its uses. Visitors will be involved in a variety of process applications, materials handling, plastics moulding, vacuum for hospitals, vacuum furnaces & heat treatment and those interested in freeze drying.

Wonderful things can happen when people get together! The Vacuum Expo exhibition enables you to research solutions, examine technologies and investigate applications for many different uses in industry. The Vacuum Symposium offers a range of expert-lead training sessions and professional development opportunities.


GREAT REASONS TO VISIT: 1. Face-to-face discussions are hugely productive 2. E xhibitions are a great environment for interaction; examine, handle, compare and test-drive. 3. F ind out how well you are connected. 4. A ttend training or presentations by high-level speakers. 5. I mmerse yourself in a thoughtprovoking environment that will inspire you! Two action-packed days of learning, networking and connecting with the Europe’s top suppliers.

“Vacuum Expo has proved once again to be a pivotal event for Lesker. The show never disappoints in providing fantastic energy and significant scope to interact with customers old and new.” Adam Bartlett, Managing Director, Kurt J. Lesker

This exhibition includes 80 companies at the forefront of science and innovation, spanning lasers, advanced manufacturing, sensors, camera systems, imaging, communications and optoelectronics. Leading exhibitors include: Aerotech, Alrad Imaging, Hamamatsu, HORIBA, Pro-lite Technology and Reliance Precision. With a stellar line-up of speakers at the Enlighten Conference, delegates can attend for free a high-level programme covering additive manufacturing, hyperspectral imaging, laser technologies, laser safety and much more. Hyperspectral imaging is now being used in the food industry for food safety and condition. For anyone seeking the next generation of vision and imaging equipment, on show will be cutting edge advances in camera and imaging technology, including: industrial, thermal imaging, sensors and more...

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September 2018

Understanding and Applying PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link – Oct 24, Coventry Taking place at the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, this free-to-attend seminar will address the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention being paid to network design, installation and commissioning through to functional safety & cybersecurity, Industry 4.0 and EMC. Keynote Address PI Chairman Karsten Schneider will be giving the keynote presentation covering the latest developments in Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), PROFINET in Process applications, Advanced Physical Layer (APL), OPCUA and Industry 4.0 Other presentations will include: New PI Guidelines for Functional Bonding and Shielding of PROFIBUS and PROFINET The ever-increasing use of high frequency switching devices in industrial automation can result in high frequency currents circulating in an equipotential bonding network that was not designed for this purpose. The absence of a proven low-impedance bonding network can result in these currents taking alternative, and often undesirable routes. Occasionally these will be the shields of industrial network cables such as PROFIBUS and PROFINET

that in turn can lead to intermittent communications problems. This presentation will discuss the issues in more detail and will explain the relevance of the recently released PI guidelines “Functional Bonding and Shielding for PROFIBUS and PROFINET”. PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools

Link whilst also being an enabler for Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 strategies.

A look at the available device configuration tools and their development including the move to unify the different types into one format – FDI. This will be followed by a live demonstration of PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration using an existing open platform and web browser option.

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Covering key application areas such as mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing, the event will be supported by an exhibition with demonstrations of actual tools used in design, configuration, fault finding and maintenance.

This presentation will be covering what a typical IO-Link solution consists of, how it interfaces to the control system and the benefits that can be derived from this increased level of communication with IO-Link devices. These include: easier handling of measurement signals, remote and automatic device parameterisation, smart sensor diagnostic functions, safety over IO-

The seminar will be of great value to Designers, Production/System Engineers, Instrument Technicians/ Engineers and C&I Engineers involved in the design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant.

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Shaping the future Exhibition • Technical Conference • Awards Dinner Nottingham 17-18 October

High profile speaker programme

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September 2018

What’s New in Electronics Live What’s New in Electronics Live, runs at The NEC from 25th - 26th September and delivers the comprehensive event covering the entire spectrum of the electronics industry. With dedicated conferences and exhibition opportunities for the Embedded Software and EMC industries, as well as electronics manufacturing, WNIE Live really is the one unmissable event of the year for anyone involved in electronics.

Bringing the World of Electronics Together WNIE Live will allow customers and vendors to enjoy a unique and immersive experience that allows them to meet the right people, make connections, network, and hopefully, have some fun. Key Highlights: •

An international exhibitor list of over 100 companies showcasing a host of products and services from all corners of the electronics process.

EMC UK Expo and Conference - a designated area for EMC UK within the WNIE Live exhibition.

Embedded Live Exhibition and Conference - offering industry a great mix of exhibitors showing a vast range of products and services for embedded software, supported by four half-day conference programmes.

WNIE TV roundtable debates covering a range of pertinent industry topics.

The IPC Hand Soldering Competition - WNIE Live again hosts the UK competition in 2018; the prize is to be flown to take part in the global championship final in San Diego!

Female Leaders in Tech Everywhere (FLITE) Networking Event - with leadership expert Alison Reid as guest speaker.

UK debut of the IPC Connected Factory eXchange (CFX) IIoT Experience - working alongside The Hermes Standard and The MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre), this interactive experience will showcase global equipment suppliers.

Your visitor badge will also give you free access to all events running in conjunction with WNIE Live; Embedded Live, EMC, Sensors & Instrumentation, PPMA and TCT, allowing you to easily circulate from one to the other without having to re-register. WNIE Live brings the electronics industry to life and allows companies to join with like-minded individuals who want to connect and source new contacts. By visiting this event you can see new products in action and meet suppliers offering services to improve and innovate your business. In an online world this is a unique opportunity to see, hear and touch What’s New in Electronics. All of these events are completely free to attend and you can register now for WNIE Live by following this link


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September 2018

The UK’s largest annual advanced engineering exhibition celebrates the success of industrial engineers Advanced Engineering 2018, the UK’s largest annual engineering exhibition, is celebrating 10 years of connecting engineers across all industries.


ast year saw a 15% rise in attendance from industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, composites, performance metals and connected manufacturing (industry 4.0). Two new zones have been added for this year – Nuclear Engineering and Contract Manufacturing for the UK’s subcontractors. Advanced Engineering connects the entire advanced engineering supply chain with R&D, design, test, production and procurement in this free-to-attend, two-day exhibition and high-level forum. The show brings together over 700 supply chain partners and thousands of engineers all looking to source, specify and invest in the most up-to-date products and explore the latest industry innovations. Advanced Engineering 2018 is for both OEMs and SMEs, visitors and exhibitors to meet and do business, not only within their own industries, but in those less familiar sectors they would not otherwise discover at a single exhibition. Alison Willis, Easyfairs’ industrial divisional director, explains why lubrications experts should be at the show: “Engineers

are a key component of all UK industries and we are pleased, in our 10th year, to provide technical and procurement professionals with unrivalled networking


and business development opportunities. And it’s not just about selling, it’s about finding out the latest developments in high value manufacturing.” As a key networking opportunity accredited by the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation Service, the open conference is not one to miss. You will have free access to more than 200 presentations and case studies from a raft of OEMs and high-profile speakers in six open forums to suit your business needs and interests. At the show you can see a variety of cutting edge technology, materials and show floor features

from exhibitors with plenty of time to meet engineering supply chain professionals. New innovations and technologies are guaranteed to take centre stage, presented by a number of start-ups, SMEs and national research initiatives. With such a variety of expertise, Advanced Engineering 2018 is this Autumn’s unmissable trade show. Advanced Engineering 2018 takes place on the 31 October and 1 November in halls 2, 3 and 3a at the NEC. For more information, to exhibit, or to secure your free ticket for the show, visit: www.advancedengineeringuk.com or follow on Twitter via #AEUK18 for regular updates.








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September 2018

Keeping water (and other) vapours in or out of things By Christopher Roberts, Director, Versaperm. info@versaperm.com


alves, seals, barriers and mastics are designed to keep water (and other liquids) out but, sadly, they are not usually very good at keeping gases out. This leads to all sorts of problems, including condensing and being trapped as a liquid on the wrong side of any seal, barrier or inside an enclosure.

permeability problem causes valves, seals and equipment to fail, electronics to malfunction, pipes and valves to leak and enclosures to pool water. This causes a whole raft of problems such as electronic and machinery failure, jamming, rust or contamination. It has even caused missiles to fail and pizzas to go soggy!

The very act of manufacturing, including heating, forming and bending can make the problem worse – often by a factor of four! Gasses, such as water vapour, O2, CO2 and hydrocarbons can permeate through the materials, seals, coatings or barriers of which enclosures are made. Every single material does this, though the amount that varies with the gas. Silicone rubbers are examples as they are great barriers against liquid water but allow its vapour to pass through virtually unchecked.

The difficulties that can be caused by vapour permeability range across all materials and many manufacturing processes. This makes a crucial point – just because you know the stated value for the vapour permeability of a material, does not mean you can rely on that value for your production or quality control.

Versaperm’s VSM (Valves, Seals and Mastics) permeability meter can measure this for almost all industrially used gas, allowing companies to customise materials, designs and manufacturing processes to minimise this problem for their products and systems. The equipment can be used for both product development and quality control. The


Manufacturing and other conditions can change it radically so the only realworld solution is to measure and quality control the permeability of the finished component or product. Surprisingly, even over-tightening the lid on some tubs can actually allow more water vapour to get in! Versaperm’s range of measurement equipment includes technically advanced systems in both off the shelf and application-customised designs.

They are accurate in the PPM (Part Per Million) to PPB range and the intuitive interfaces is easy to use - giving results in as little as 30 minutes for some materials and gases. The meters can cater for several components, mastics, seals, barriers, laminates or gaskets at the same time. Any part can be tested for permeability – either by using a specially created jig (as with the pizza mentioned earlier!) or by sealing off the other parts with non-permeable materials. You can also test material samples, including just about anything from a foil barrier through to a coating (e.g. a waterproof coating), or from a small sample up to an entire enclosure! Vapour Permeability is a surprisingly complex subject and seals, mastics, industrial films, multi-layer laminates and coatings are even more so. Results can be counter-intuitive and some seeming solutions may make the problem worse. However, getting it right can lead to better manufacturing and improved products with longer working lives with better performance. With permeability, what starts out to be a barrier, may well end up as a solution! Web: www.versaperm.com

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www.beckhoff.co.uk/C6015 With the ultra-compact C6015 Industrial PC, Beckhoff is again expanding the application possibilities of PC-based control. Wherever space or cost limitations previously prevented the use of a PC-based control solution, this new IPC generation offers an excellent price-performance ratio in an extremely compact housing. With up to 4 CPU cores, low weight and unprecedented installation flexibility, the C6015 is universally applicable in automation, visualisation and communication tasks. It also makes an ideal IoT gateway. Processor: IntelŽ Atom™, 1, 2 or 4 cores Interfaces: 2 Ethernet, 1 DisplayPort, 2 USB Main memory: up to 4 GB DDR3L RAM Housing: Die-cast aluminium-zinc alloy Dimensions (W x H x D): 82 x 82 x 40 mm

Flexible installation with rear or side panel mounting.

September 2018

Bifold’s Circuit Designer – Modular solutions with drag and drop system The Bifold Circuit Designer

allows you to design a bespoke modular solution or tubed valve circuit comprising a series of valves in any order or orientation (where applicable) using a schematic drag and drop system. The completed system can then be bought as a modular solution or as a list of separate valves from Bifold.

• Design a circuit using drag and drop (new schematics added regularly). • Organise and manage your projects in the Project Centre. • View the modular solution code and description or a list of separate valves and fittings. • Create a PDF schematic diagram and description for sending with a quote. • View and print the Modular Solution Bill of Materials (BOM) or separate valves (BOM). • For users with Solid Edge ST6 and above, create a 3D model and dimensional drawing for a Modular Solution. • 3,500 + systems already configured. • New users configuring systems every week.

Installation Download and run setup.exe from: www.bifold.co.uk/BifoldCircuitDesigner.aspx

Further Information For more information, screenshots and Getting Started Guide, visit: www.bifold.co.uk/BifoldCircuitDesigner.aspx




The Bifold Circuit Designer allows you to design a bespoke modular solution or tubed valve circuit comprising a series of valves in any order or orientation (where applicable) using a schematic drag and drop system. The completed system can then be bought as a modular solution or as a list of separate valves from Bifold.

Design a circuit using drag and drop (new schematics added regularly).

 Create a PDF schematic diagram and

View the modular solution code and description or a list of separate valves and fittings.

 For users with Solid Edge ST6 and above,

description for sending with a quote.

create a 3D model and dimensional drawing for a modular solution.

Download and run setup.exe from https://www.bifold.co.uk/BifoldCircuitDesigner.aspx For more information, screenshots and getting started guide, visit https://www.bifold.co.uk/BifoldCircuit Designer.aspx

Bifold Fluidpower Ltd, Bifold Group, Broadgate, Oldham Broadway Business Park, Chadderton, Greater Manchester, OL9 9XA. UK. Tel: +44 (0) 161 345 4777 Email: marketing@bifold.co.uk


September 2018

Gas Spring Selection Just Got Easier! ACE introduces new online gas spring calculation program In just five easy steps, design engineers can now calculate and design a gas spring tailored to their application using the new gas spring calculation tool found on the www.acecontrols. co.uk website. In the past, it was necessary to contact the ACE gas spring team directly and complete a design form sent back and forth by fax or e-mail when enquiring about the selection and availability of a suitable ACE gas spring. Thanks to this new online calculation program, design is now easier, faster and can be made at any time – 24/7. Unique in the industry, the program is completely intuitive and applications can be visualized in either 2D or 3D. The most common applications of push type gas springs on hoods, flaps, hatches and machine housings can now be calculated in a few simple steps. The recommended ACE gas spring and the required mounting accessories are specified precisely. In addition, an installation sketch can be generated with the help of the online tool. In the interest of its customers, ACE uses this service to shorten the entire process from design and ordering to delivery. In the current version of the software the order is still triggered by an online inquiry; it is planned in the future, that the gas springs determined by online calculation will be available directly from an ACE e-shop. For customers who would still like help with their product selection then personal advice and assistance in the calculation and ordering of ACE gas springs is always available. For more information Tel: 01942 727440, E-mail: info@ace-fabreeka.co.uk or visit www.ace-fabreeka.co.uk


September 2018


September 2018

Bahco team develops new bandsaw blade, the 3858 Sandflex P9000 PQ™ In their endless pursuit of excellence in bandsaw blade cutting performance, Bahco’s design and manufacturing team has developed a new blade, the 3858 Sandflex P9000 PQ™. Now available in the UK and Ireland, this bi-metal blade is produced using highly alloyed Powder Metallurgic HSS, designed for high performance cutting of all difficult materials, including hard and exotic materials. This manufacturing technique improves the hardness and toughness of the blade, resulting in excellent tooth edge performance, improved wear resistance and longer blade life. The P9000 will cut a wider range of workpiece sizes and shapes than conventional blades and deliver an excellent surface finish on all materials. More consistency in the hardness from batch to batch increases blade reliability. This remarkable new blade retains all the benefits of a traditional PQ, thanks


to a consistently precise tooth height, enabling every tooth to give the same chipload when cutting. This results in more even tooth wear, which extends tooth life. It also limits the risk of overloading a tooth, guarding against tooth breakage. The tooth design improves cutting performance in special alloys with work hardening properties. A very positive rake angle of 17 ͦ enables good penetration of difficultto-cut materials and lowers the cutting forces, enabling more efficient ‘cool’ cutting. The wedge angle of 48 ͦ creates a stronger tooth. Tooth geometry of the P9000 blade is characterized by repeating groups of high and low set teeth, separated by an unset tooth. This results in the high teeth penetrating the material,

supported by the low teeth preventing overloads and breakage. Says Peter Storr, Bahco’s bandsaw blade specialist in the UK and Ireland: “Powder Metallurgy HSS provides an effective alternative to conventional HSS steels, delivering high hardness and toughness properties which can’t be obtained with traditional high speed steels. “It also has the ability to use alloying which is not possible in conventionally melted HSS, allowing more advanced alloying while still having a superior microstructure and stability. This truly leads to an excellent performance of the tooth edges.” For detailed technical information, including test performance statistics, go to: www.bahco.com

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September 2018

How to Specify Liquid Flowmeters Titan Enterprises has produced an informative technical paper - ‘How to specify liquid flowmeters’. Included in the technical paper is an easy-to-use selection guide that takes 13 applications and charts each of them against 14 different types of flowmeter, highlighting the good, the bad, and the questionable flow measurement techniques for each application. To download a copy of this technical paper please visit www. flowmeters.co.uk/how-to-specify-liquid-flow-meters/. To discuss the optimal flowmeter for your application in more detail please contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 / sales@flowmeters.com. The optimal liquid flowmeter for your application will vary considerably according to a wide range of operational parameters including pipe bore, flow path, liquid viscosity, particulate levels, measurement accuracy, measurement dynamic range, maintenance and target purchase price. In this 8-page technical paper different styles of flowmeter (differential pressure, turbine, propeller, positive displacement, vortex, ultrasonic, electromagnetic and mass flow measurement) are discussed and their ease of application, limitations and other constraints detailed

Drawing upon over 40-years of flowmeter innovation - Titan Enterprises Ltd are a manufacturer of high performance solutions including the Atrato ultrasonic flowmeter, Oval Gear flowmeters, low flow turbine flowmeters and a flow instrument range. Titan’s company philosophy of “pushing the envelope by trying to do things a little different and better” has resulted in sales of over 500,000 products into 50 countries worldwide and a repeat purchase percentage of 95%. All flow meters produced by Titan Enterprises are designed and manufactured to ISO9001 and calibrated to an uncertainty of ±0.25%.

Titan Enterprises Expands Offerings with RS Components Titan Enterprises announces further integration of its flowmeter products within the Flow Sensors, Switches and Indicators section of the RS Components international product catalogue (https://bit.ly/2KJpn8V). Through a new agreement RS Components are now additionally offering the Atrato ultrasonic flowmeter, Process Atrato ultrasonic flowmeter and Pulsite Solo flow indicator. Trevor Forster, Managing Director of Titan Enterprises Ltd. said “Over the last few years we have seen strong growing demand particularly for low flow applications using our Atrato ultrasonic flowmeter range. RS Components comprehensive international access to industrial customers and excellent service and support, should help us further develop and support this market opportunity. RS is now a key part in our international distribution strategy”. Drawing upon over 40-years of flowmeter innovation - Titan Enterprises Ltd are a manufacturer of high performance solutions such as the Atrato ultrasonic flowmeter, Oval Gear flowmeters, low flow Turbine flow meters and a flow instrument range. Titan’s company philosophy of “pushing the


envelope by trying to do things a little different and better” has resulted in sales of over 500,000 products into 50 countries worldwide and a repeat purchase percentage of 95%. All flow meters produced by Titan Enterprises are designed and manufactured to ISO9001 and calibrated to an uncertainty of ±0.25%. For further information please visit www.flowmeters.co.uk or contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 / sales@flowmeters.co.uk. For further information on RS Components extensive range of products for engineers please visit www.rs-components.com

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September 2018

Engineering is in for the summer as MCMT launches new children’s club Children as young as nine will be getting to grips with 3D printing, coding and smart electronics this week, when a special Engineering Club takes place in Bridgnorth. on Thursday, a race to see which rocket car is the fastest. The results will be presented at a special prize giving at the end of the week, where parents will be able to see what their young people have been up to. Matthew concluded: “We have also arranged for engineers from local businesses to give various demos during the Engineering Club, ranging from the art of mechanics of classic car vehicle maintenance to advanced robotics and destructive material testing. The Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) has teamed up with Black Country Atelier (BCA) to offer an action-packed menu of activities spanning the entire five days. This includes designing and making a programmable Tamagotchi-style pet, constructing the widest bridges and tallest skyscrapers and the challenge of creating the best Rocket Car. 15 young people - aged between 9 and 13-years-old - will be supported by MCMT staff/apprentices and instructors from BCA to come up with ideas, work with hand tools and access some of the fantastic technology installed at the 36,000 sq ft facility on the Stanmore Industrial Estate. “The skills gap has been well documented and a lot of time has been spent in engaging secondary school pupils who are considering what to do next after their GCSEs,” explained Matthew Snelson, Managing Director of the MCMT. “However, what we have been missing is talking to the grassroots level, with children aged between 9 and 13. This a really key time before pupils make their subject choices, so we wanted to put on an exciting and challenging week that introduced them to STEM and the world of engineering and manufacturing.” He continued: “We need to inspire and show them that engineering can be a great career, that there’s lots of exciting technologies you can use and that you may just have an idea that will change the way we all live.” The Engineering Club will be giving future engineers and scientists a fully immersive experience of design and engineering. Children will be working on several practical, hands-on projects throughout the week, using a full range of traditional and modern engineering tools, such as hand fabrication and finishing tools, Computer Aided Design (CAD), 3D printers and programmable controllers. At the end of each day, there will be a show and tell of their projects, a construction test and,


“I’m convinced that by the end of the week we’ll have the next generation of engineers wanting to take subjects that will eventually lead to a successful career in industry.” The Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology is based across two training centres in Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth. The latter was an old storage facility for Grainger & Worrall, which has been transformed into the modern centre, providing a high-tech environment for individuals to learn from engineering experts on the latest technology – all geared towards giving them opportunities to apply their new found skills on real life manufacturing situations. It is equipped with over £3m of state-of-the-art equipment, including dedicated fabrication, foundry, lathe, metrology, milling, robotics and vehicle trimming sections. There is also a 200-seat auditorium, smaller break-out classrooms and a CNC Zone that is full of 3-axis and 5-axis machines donated by the Engineering Technology Group. For further information, please visit www.mcmt.co.uk or follow @marchescentre on twitter

September 2018


September 2018 ODU MEDI-SNAP With distinctive coding options, the ODU MEDISNAP is guaranteed for over 2,000 mating cycles. This efficient plastic connector is 75% lighter than comparable metal connectors, has high chemical resistance and is also fully sterilizable. Available with both userfriendly Push-Pull locking and as a pre-moulded BreakAway version.

ODU - not your average connector company ODU will be showcasing several new products at the Engineering Design Show ODU-MAC® modular hybrid The ODU-MAC® modular hybrid, is a series of three connector variants that transmit signals, power, highcurrent, high-voltage, coax and other media such as air, fluids, high-speed data or fiber optics – all in one interface. Reports from ODU customers confirm that this rectangular connector can achieve over one million mating cycles, all

thanks to its reliable contact systems. New to this range is the ODUMAC® RAPID, a robust halfshell housing system that provides considerable timesavings in assembly and also adds a wide variety of internal-mount options - the ideal way to allow for system up-dates and add-ons. Also newly introduced is a High-Current Module with a 12mm diameter contact

with a current load of up to 225amps and an operating voltage of 1,000volts (VG3). ODU Threaded Connector Developed from the well-established ODUAMC® [Advanced Military Connector], the new ODU Threaded Connector utilises a screw-locking-with-rachet mechanism [half-turn locking] and is intended for applications requiring additional security, or where pressure/vibration/ temperature could be problematic for other connectors. This connector is rated IP68, has 360° shielding for excellent, trouble-free data transfer of Cat5 Gigabit/ Ethernet, in an operating temperature from -51°C to + 125°C, together with a lifetime of greater than 2,000 mating cycles.


Although originally designed for applications in medical technology, this connector is ideal for use in industrial electronics, measurement and test. A new receptacle has also been added to this ODU MEDI-SNAP range, designed to provide maximum patient protection according to IEC 60601-1 2 MOPP. This durable receptacle has an extraordinarily long service life and is also IP68proof when unmated, so it can be used under even the harshest environmental conditions. ODU - here to help ODU have established themselves as a true ‘problem-solving’ connector manufacturer, working closely with their OEM customers to develop both connectors and packaging, providing cost-effective solutions to the problems of modern-day electronics. So, if you are facing a design or packaging conundrum, why not stop by Stand J16 for a chat about how they can help. More at: www.odu-uk.co.uk


Global manufacturer Renold is investing in new WMS and ERP technology to boost the efficiency of its business

Renold plc is a global manufacturer of industrial chain, coupling and gearbox solutions. The group delivers high precision engineered and power transmission products to a wide range of markets, from cement making and chocolate manufacturing to subway trains and power stations, escalators and quarries. Renold is currently investing in new technology to drive greater efficiency and accuracy in its processes, replacing its former ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems and also introducing new WMS (warehouse management) systems, worldwide. “There is a great deal of raw material movement in our business and we need to know where our inventory is at any time” explains group business systems director Sarah Cobb, who is driving the change. “Clearly, inventory accuracy underpins any successful systems implementation


of this kind: it boosts efficiency when you know exactly where the inventory is located that you need for a given operation. We have a very broad customer base, which is a good thing, but breadth and diversity demand good systems to underpin the business” Sarah Cobb adds. For historic reasons Renold had a myriad of ERP systems across the group (and a fragmented systems history) but is now moving to a single ERP. It is currently rolling out the Infor M3 ERP system across more than 20 manufacturing, distribution and sales sites including America, South Africa, China, India, Germany and Australia, alongside TouchPath’s ‘TouchWMS’ system, which can be integrated with any ERP. “TouchWMS is a flexible, tried and tested system that does exactly what it says on the tin” Sarah Cobb observes. This is the group’s first foray into WMS, though

Cobb does have previous personal experience of TouchWMS - https:// touchpath.com/solutions/warehousemanagement-systems-wms/ To date the WMS has been well received by Renold users including those in Cardiff, Germany and Switzerland (around 120 employees in total) where the tangible benefits of barcoding - the first WMS application to be implemented across the group - already seemed to have overcome any early user reservations. WMS implementation in India and China is planned for 2018 alongside M3 ERP. Renold’s UK site in Cardiff is already live with both M3 ERP and TouchWMS. Its US site in Tennessee is also live; there the company currently uses SAP, but now integrated with TouchWMS. “Over time, the role of WMS in Renold will grow, but our first WMS step, all-sites barcoding for all inventory movements is already having a marked and measurable impact on the business”, Sarah Cobb concludes. www.renold.com www.touchpath.com

September 2018

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September 2018

Stay safe with our BW and ISC portable gas detectors! Gas detectors are commonly used within the workplace as part of a Health and Safety system. Portable instruments protect personnel when they are working in potentially hazardous areas, whereas, fixed monitoring systems are ideal for monitoring static environments. Having early warning devices such as gas detectors alert users to dangerous gases, avoiding incidents such as asphyxiation, explosions and even loss of life.

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September 2018

Capacitive Update

More capacitive sensors from ifm As market leader ifm electronic knows a thing or two about capacitive proximity sensors, and constantly strives to provide the latest innovations in this field as in many others. A very common use of capacitive sensors is found in point level detection through non-metallic materials. In such cases there might be a build-up of product on the sensor that cannot be seen from outside, but prevents detection of the true level. Setting the sensor to react correctly in such conditions is a challenge that ifm electronic has risen to with their latest models, and have implemented no one but two solutions. First of all, these latest capacitive sensors are equipped with IO-Link. When used with setting software, such as the LineRecorder Device from ifm electronic, the user can virtually ‘see’ what the sensor is detecting. This makes setting the sensitivity, and other features such as a time delay, extremely simple. Not everyone may want to make use of this facility, though, so the second option built in to the sensors is a display of the relative sensitivity. This intuitive visualisation helps enormously by showing the user the effect of both the product and of turning the potentiometer. The new design is available in the popular M30 housing, in


cabled and connector variants, and now includes the same options in M18. Both sizes can be supplied with either a fixed or a selectable switching function, and as flush or non-flush mountable versions. ifm electronic offers a wide range of accessories to optimise installation and mounting, and support is always available.

For further information, contact Gemma Anderson. Telephone: 020 8213-2234. E-mail: gemma.anderson@ifm.com.


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September 2018

Extended Life All Polypropylene Depth Filter Cartridges Amazon Filters has developed a proprietary extended life (XP) filter media for more challenging filtration applications where the operational life of standard polypropylene (PP) filter cartridges is unacceptably short. This media has been developed because microfiltration is not just about the removal of solid spherical particles. In more challenging applications contaminates can be gelatinous or agglomerates that are able to extrude or bend shape enabling them to pass through a standard polypropylene depth filter matrix. Designed with a multi-layered Polypropylene construction and progressively finer layers (up to 7 layers in certain micron ratings), Amazon Filters XP filter media enhances built-in prefiltration capacity, thereby providing significantly longer operational life in challenging applications. Available as an option for all SupaPleat and SupaPore cartridge formats. XP media is particularly suited for applications such as sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) and digital ink where the variability in the contaminate spread and type often causes issues. For further information on filtration systems using extended life (XP) filter media please visit www.amazonfilters.com/ products/filter-cartridges-and-capsules/pleated-filters/ supapore-pp/ or contact Amazon Filters on +44-1276-670600 / sales@amazonfilters.co.uk.

Stainless Steel Filter Delivers Dry Culinary Grade Steam Amazon Filters SupaMesh stainless steel filter cartridges are the perfect tool for ensuring only culinary-grade steam is used in your food and beverage production process. When producing steam that will come into contact either directly or indirectly with food and beverage products it must be of culinary grade (3A-60903). Consequently, a boiler producing steam should only use FDA approved corrosion inhibitors and the steam should be filtered as close to the point of use as possible with a filter that provides 95% retention of 2-micron particles. While dry saturated steam is the goal, in practice, the steam will be between 90 and 95% dryness fraction. Any entrained water results in the efficiency of any filter being reduced. To enable production of dry saturated culinary grade steam - Amazon Filters have introduced a 3-micron rated version of its SupaMesh filter, which even when wet will provide


the necessary retention of 2-micron particles under all conditions. Combined with exceptional flow capacity this stainless steel sintered metal fibre filter cartridge ensures that this increased efficiency can be retrofitted into existing systems without compromising system performance.

glues used. This method of construction guarantees cartridge integrity, eliminating the risk of bypass and the presence of extractables derived from any bonding agents.

All SupaMesh cartridges are manufactured from 316 stainless steel throughout. They are available in both plain cylindrical and pleated configurations, using the very latest in high specification mesh or sintered metal fibre media. Each design provides a

SupaMesh filter cartridges are available with many standard industrial end cap configurations and seal materials. They are available with optional outer guards for reverse flow or backwashing to enhance their superior robust design. The top-quality materials and method of construction used allow SupaMesh filters use from –150ºC to +300ºC and up to 25 bar differential pressure in normal flow direction.

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Introducing the NEW CNC Routers This new range of affordable CNC Routers from ATA Engineering offers the same high quality build that you come to expect from a company that has been supplying CNC’s for over 20 years, along with support and technical back up. Standard sizes: 8 x 4, 10 x 5, 3m x 2m (Special sizes available on request) Call for more information or a demonstration, or visit www.atacam.co.uk

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The NEW ATACAM range of Laser Cutters includes models for both metalic and non-metalic materials. They are equiped with co2 laser tubes, which can be used for cutting metalsheet such as carbon steel, stainless steel and non-metalic materials such as acrylic, MDF, plywood, etc.

Swivel Joints Swivel joints allow pipework to pressure 1/4” to 40” and beyond. Vacuum to over 20,000psi. Stock and bespoke production. Unique bearing/seal design for longer life. ISO 9001 CE marked where applicable.

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Build Your Own Mico Pro Online Every Mico Pro station is unique. The intelligent current monitoring system from Murrelektronik can be fully customized to optimally meet the needs of the application. The new online configurator makes this process easy.


ico Pro guarantees reliable power supply. This freely configurable system monitors load and control currents consistently, and identifies critical moments just in time. It indicates maximum load and reliably switches off defective channels to prevent complete plant or machine failures and ensure maximum availability. This functionality is based on its patented tripping characteristics, which follow the principle: “as late as it’s safe, but as safe as possible.” Mico Pro has a modular design: each station is composed of one (or more) power modules and thin output modules allow configurations that offer the best cost-benefit ratio for the application along with optimal space utilization.

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The Mico Pro online configurator makes it easy for planners to assemble the system. They can build their custom Mico Pro online with just a few clicks. Power and output modules can be added to the configuration and positioned at any location. Planners immediately receive an overview of what their custom Mico Pro unit will look like. The space required in the control cabinet, as well as the total current value required to select an optimal power supply unit, are continuously calculated and displayed. In other words, the configuration is subjected to a continuous feasibility check.

When you’ve completed the configuration, all parameters are documented and can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet or PDF document. The configuration can also be sent to the shopping cart of the Murrelektronik online shop with a single click. Of course, the configuration can also be saved to be uploaded again and modified for future projects.


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September 2018

Dixon Introduces new EZLINK™ Armless Cam & Groove A new push-to-connect positive locking system and low-profile design dramatically improves the ability to easily transfer and unload fuels, water and other liquids. Dixon Group Europe Ltd, leading provider of hose and coupling solutions, are pleased to launch their new armless Cam & Groove product line - EZLink™ The EZLink system is an innovative design concept that features an armless positive locking system. The EZLink’s innovative engineering is in stark contrast to conventional cam & groove products. EZLink is easier to connect, and the new design also requires less maintenance since there are no cam lever arms that tend to break and need replacing. Simply push to connect the EZLink coupler to any standard cam & groove adapter to achieve an ultra-reliable connection. In addition, the product’s low profile allows for easy connection and disconnection in tight applications and operating conditions.

Commenting on the introduction of the new product line, Brian Zottarelli, vice president and general manager of Dixon’s Cam & Groove Division stated, “EZLink represents a major leap forward in cam & groove technology, and it comes as a direct result of Dixon listening to operators and the challenges they face in the field. We responded by developing a new design from the ground up. We’re excited to offer products that will simplify and improve the transfer and unloading of fuels and other liquids.” At present, Dixon’s EZLink product line includes types B, C, D and dust caps in 1½” to 4” in aluminium and from 1½” to 3” in stainless steel. These configurations come with a black Buna nitrile rubber seal as standard but FKM and Fluorosilicone are available on request to offer a low temperature as well as a chemically resistant seal option for various applications.

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Other operational and safety features of the EZLink product line include coupler push tabs that can be locked with safety pins and/or a zip tie. A copy of the EZ Link brochure is now available direct from Dixon. For more information visit dixoneurope.co.uk or email marketing@dixoneurope.co.uk or contact Dixon on 01772 323529 Dixon is a leading manufacturer and supplier of hose assemblies, fittings, fluid control products and accessories. Dixon serves a broad range of industries – including the agricultural, chemical, construction, fire prevention and suppression, food and beverage, industrial, mining, petrochemical and pharmaceutical segments – by offering the industry’s most comprehensive product line available from a single source.

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September 2018

Prior Scientific announces the opening of its New office in China

Prior Scientific a global leader in the design and manufacture of precision positioning d e v i ce s , au to m ate d s o l u t i o ns a n d components. Is today pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Suzhou, China to give local presence with support and sales. CEO Tom Freda said: “The opening of this new office in China marks another milestone in the proud history of Prior. This new office will allow us to have a local presence in the China region, so we can support our customer base more closely” This expansion also sees the introduction to the team of Yaozong Zhang – Sales and Technical Support Manager. Yaozong Zhang said “I am excited to be joining a company with such a long and successful history. I look forward to expanding the business here in China and building on the strengths of the Prior brand.”


In 2018 Prior celebrated 99 years in business and next year they look forward to celebrating 100 years, with events planned over the course of the year.

STEMMER IMAGING to distribute Odos Imaging TOF 3D cameras STEMMER IMAGING AG, one of Europe’s leading machine vision technology providers, has signed an agreement with Odos Imaging for the distribution of Time-Of-Flight (TOF) 3D cameras. The cameras will be available through STEMMER IMAGING’s entire distribution network of 19 different countries in Europe. Odos Imaging is a Rockwell Automation company. The Starform Swift 3D camera has a 640 x 480 pixels sensor, making it the highest resolution industrial TOF camera currently available. With integrated 850 nm LED illumination, the camera can acquire 3D point clouds for imaging at 44 fps from a range up to 6 metres. These fast frame rates can be used to track dynamic scenes in 3D or accumulate static scenes for improved precision. Fully factory calibrated, the camera can provide range (or depth) information, 3D images and measurements and 2D images. Mark Williamson, Managing Director of STEMMER IMAGING UK Ltd, said: “The Starform Swift TOF 3D camera perfectly complements our current range of 3D cameras and opens up a diverse range of depth perception application opportunities. Our extensive technical expertise in creating complete machine vision solutions will allow us to bring added value in a wide range of industrial markets.” Its versatile imaging capabilities and GigE Vision connectivity make the Starform Swift ideal for a wide range of factory processing, packaging and logistics applications. These include palletisation/depalletisation and pallet management, carton/ object dimensioning and profiling, and package completeness checks. Camera-integrated software packages are available for completeness, height detection and box measurement. The GeniCam interface enables easy integration of Starform Swift cameras into popular machine vision software packages (such


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The dBadge2 I.S. is the next generation in personal noise dosimeters, the class leading performance, low weight and user-friendly interface means you can measure noise levels in any location. This noise dosimeter has been designed specifically to be used in potentially explosive area in the oil and gas, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries. Monitor your dBadge2 remotely with the supporting Airwave App on your mobile device, which allows data to be sent directly to your PC. There’s no need to disturb the wearer when you can view the status or even start, stop or pause the measurement run. The dashboard display provides summary data at a glance, and you can simply tap to select an instrument for further data. The Casella CEL-63x Series of sound level meters are the most versatile of meters available; ideal for both noise at work applications (ISO9612, OSHA) and environmental noise measurements (BS14142). Ensure compliance with workplace noise legislation with the CEL63x Series and to assist with the selection of hearing protection. For environmental noise monitoring, these CEL-63x Series can be used for boundary noise assessment, noise nuisance complaints or in the construction industry, section 61 notices. This noise exposure monitor is designed to make sound level measurements as simple as possible and displayed as simply or as comprehensively as you require – all parameters are stored so you can view as your requirements demand.

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The new ELX EtherCAT Terminals with added TwinSAFE SC technology enable highly compact safety solutions in hazardous areas.

ELX series EtherCAT Terminals expanded with TwinSAFE SC technology Intrinsically safe signal transmission and functional safety combined in one highly compact package The EtherCAT Terminals in the ELX series have been expanded by the addition of analog input terminals with TwinSAFE SC (Single Channel) technology. These highly compact I/O terminals can be used to support applications in hazardous areas that require both intrinsically safe signal transmission and functional safety capabilities. The highly compact ELX series terminals, which are certified in compliance with the specifications of the ATEX and IECEx standards, enable direct connection of intrinsically safe field devices through to Zone 0/20 based on an integrated safety barrier. The new terminal designs extended by TwinSAFE SC technology now also make it possible to achieve a safety level equivalent to PL d/Cat. 3 according to EN ISO 13849-1 or SIL 2 according to EN 62061. In this way, it is possible to use all process data existing in a system for safety technology too, such as to monitor the speed of fans in areas sensitive to explosion hazards, for example. The new I/Os are available as 12 mm wide terminals with two or four analog input channels for 0/4…20 mA, and for RTD resistance sensors, thermocouples/


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September 2018

Digitally retrofitting real-time production monitoring to plastic injection moulding manufacturing lines: benefits include better productivity, cost savings and extended machine lifetimes One of the key issues facing today’s manufacturing industry is how to improve the productivity of existing production lines for minimum cost outlay. This article demonstrates how a “digital retrofit” of integrating additional intelligent devices and sensor technology into a wellestablished production line of plastics injection moulding machines can help to achieve these objectives.

Introduction An important element of Industry 4.0 is the ability to apply digitalisation to the production environment by adding more intelligence into the existing process. Initially manufacturers have been wary of Industry 4.0, on the assumption that effective implementation would require expensive major changes to production lines. However, through a digital retrofit approach, it is possible to “smarten” up existing processes for minimal cost over a short period of time, resulting in a fast return on investment and immediate productivity gains.


Digital retrofit provides four different ways to improve production processes, increase cost savings and extend the lifetime of different types of machinery: Legacy machine protocol conversion; Condition monitoring / Energy measurement; Asset management; and Predictive maintenance.

Legacy machine protocol conversion Central machine monitoring and process optimisation offer the best way to ensure that production lines and their associated constituent parts operate more effectively and economically. Many machines in wellestablished production lines, which may be between 15 and 30 years old, can still perform their main functional tasks successfully. However, they do so much less efficiently than their modern-day counterparts. For example, they do not have the same level of computing power, enough memory capacity to record and store relevant data, or the ability to communicate with their modern

equivalents. In many cases, these machines also use data formats and operating communication language protocols from the 1980s and 1990s, which are no longer used by today’s PLCs and industrial PCs. A prime example of a production environment that accommodates mixed protocol legacy machines would be a plastics injection moulding machine (PIMM) line. Such machines, when well maintained, can attain as much as a 30-year operational life. However, some of the older software protocol operating languages (e.g. EUROMAP 15), cannot be directly connected to a factory MES (Manufacturing Execution System) without expensive annual custom software licensing charges. In a lot of factories these machines still require individual programming by an operator, which can be very time consuming for reasonably large installations and therefore potentially requiring input from multiple personnel.

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Now online: Practical planning tool for designers


chmersal will present a practical planning tool at the trade fair Motek 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany: Machine manufacturers and machine operators can now easily and quickly configure a safe control system for their systems according to their individual requirements - with the PSC1 configurator from Schmersal, a 7 x 24-hour online tool. The PSC1 Configurator is self-explanatory, easy to use, and provides a meaningful planning base for designers in just minutes. It is now available as a web version under this link: www.psc1.de. The configurator is also convenient to use on iPads/touchpads using an iOS/Android app. Starting from a selection of safety sensors and safety outputs, this planning tool automatically chooses the optimum PSC1 safety control (by

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price) and also shows how much space the assembly needs on the DIN rail configured for each case. At the same time a parts list with article description, material number and details of the devices is generated. This parts list is linked with Schmersal’s online catalogue so additional information on the devices can be accessed as required. The parts list can be stored in Excel or PDF format and sent directly to Schmersal by email to obtain a quote customised to the user. Various fieldbus protocols available The safety controller PROTECT PSC1 allows the adaptation of the safety functions to a wide variety of applications. Core components of this control system are freely programmable compact controllers (PSC1-C-10/100), for which IO expansion modules are available for the safe signal processing of mechanical and electronic safety switchgear. The compact controllers can be equipped with a universal communication interface. This enables the selection and implementation

of different fieldbus protocols easily using software. The PSC1 therefore only requires one hardware element to create a connection to most common forms of fieldbus systems. The following field bus protocols can be selected in the PSC1 configurator: PROFINET, PROFINET PROFIsafe, EtherCAT, EtherCAT FSOE, Profibus, Profibus ProfiSafe and Ethernet IP. In addition, the user has an optional SD memory card available with which programs once created can be backed up. With this, for example, reprogramming is no longer necessary if the hardware is replaced. Also, planning a safety system for a further machine or a local automation concept is possible in the PSC1 configurator. The “topology” function shows in the configurator how the control systems of the two machines are linked together. The PSC1 configurator is available in the following languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese www.schmersal.com With the PSC1 configurator, any user can quickly and easily configure an individual safe control system.


September 2018

Batteries for autonomous robots Why OEMs need to consider the power needs of modern service robots Since industrial six-axis robots were popularised back in the 1960s, the technology that makes up robots, as well as the way in which we now use robots, has changed considerably. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete equipment supplier EU Automation, argues that the way we power these new devices needs to be reassessed to meet the needs of new applications such as autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). What was once considered a high-risk sector, where robots were relegated to operating in cells and cages behind nogo zones, has changed to one where robots can now work in collaboration with human workers. Advances in motor technology, actuation, gearing, proximity sensing and artificial intelligence has resulted in the advent of various robots, such as CoBots, that are portable enough to be desktop mounted, as well as autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that can move freely around a facility. These systems are not only capable of delivering high payloads weighing hundreds of kilograms, but are also sensitive enough to sense the presence of a human being at distances ranging from a few millimetres to a few metres. The robot can then respond in under a millisecond to stimuli, such as a person

reaching out to guide the robot’s hand, and automatically change its power and force-limiting system to respond accordingly. Although six-axis robots and CoBots are predominantly mains powered, portable AMR service robots are gaining popularity in sectors as diverse as industrial manufacturing, warehousing, healthcare and even hotels. In these settings, they can operate 24/7, only taking themselves out of action for charging and taken offline by an engineer for essential repairs and maintenance. In the warehousing sector, for example, the picking and packing process can be manually intensive, with operators walking up and down long aisles picking products from a shelf to fulfil each order. This is a time consuming and inefficient process that adds time to the customer order. Using an autonomous mobile robot in this situation can allow the compact robot to pick up the shelf and move it to the human operator in true “goods-to-man” style. However, this demanding use-cycle prompts the question: are the batteries that power these robots sufficiently suited to this new environment? To answer this, we need to understand the types of batteries used.

The two most popular types of secondary, rechargeable, battery are sealed lead acid (SLA) and lithium-ion (liion). Having been around for nearly 160 years, lead acid technology is capable of delivering high surge currents due to its low impedance. However, this type of battery can be large and heavy, making it impractical for smaller machines. Alternatively, lithium-ion provides the highest density and delivers the highest energy-to-weight ratio of any battery chemistry, which allows design engineers to use it in even the most compact devices. It also maintains a stable voltage throughout its discharge cycle, resulting in highly efficient, long runtimes. When choosing robotic systems for their application, it’s important that engineers match the right type of battery to the load. As we increasingly begin to rely on smart factories with high levels of portable and mobile automation, considering the power needs of each device will be vital in delivering long run times with high efficiency. Telephone: +44 (0) 845 521 3088 web: www.euautomation.com e-mail: jonathan.wilkins@euautomation.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/euautomation


September 2018

MGA-A: no tin whiskers, no tin dendrites SCHURTER extends its successful MGA / MGA-S line of 1206 dimension SMD ceramic fuses with an aviation version that is tin whisker free and completely dispenses with leaded coating


rystalline tin dendrites and tin whiskers pose a considerable risk of short circuits in highly dense electronics. Dendrites form during the electrodeposition process, whereby heavy marks could appear on the fuse end caps or housing. A thorough inspection and cleaning is required according to MILPRF 23419. Tin whiskers form after the electro-deposition process. The cause is not well understood, although adding lead to otherwise pure tin soldering is commonly used as a preventable measure. However, lead has become an unwanted element according to many environmental initiatives, e.g. RoHS directives. For this reason, SCHURTER has extended the successful SMD thin-film fuse family MGA with the new A variant. In addition to the classic MGA and the ESA-certified MGA-S space fuse, the aviation version, MGA-A, uses gold alternatively to lead. Gold plated end caps provide a surface where neither whiskers nor dendrites can form. This makes the new MGA-A a safe solution for use in not only highly sensitive electronics in the aviation industry but often suffices for use in the industrial grade space sector The technical design is similar to that of the ESA-certified MGA-S. This means: hermetically sealed, ultra-robust


construction, which is ideally suited for use in intrinsically safe applications according to ATEX and IECEx requirements. Despite its very small footprint (1206), the MGA-A has a particularly high breaking capacity of up to 300 A at 125 VDC and can be used in a wide temperature range of -55 °C to +125 °C.

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September 2018

Denso Protection System for Hereford Water Pipeline Lewis Civil Engineering is currently constructing an 8km length water main pipeline in Hereford for Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. Winn & Coales (Denso) Ltd were contacted for information on the most suitable anti-corrosion system along with application training of Lewis Engineers for the pipeline’s Viking Johnson joints. The selected Denso system meets the P2 Civil Engineering Specifications for Water Industry and consists of Denso Primer D™, Profiling Mastic and 150mm width Densoclad™ 70 Tape. Denso Profiling Mastic is a vital part of the system, it is applied to seal the voids, bolts and heads around the joints to avoid moisture entrapment. The Densoclad™ Tapes consist of a thick polymerbitumen adhesive, giving superior adhesion and flexibility, laminated to a tough plasticised PVC backing. It is expected that Lewis Civil Engineering will install more than six hundred 700mm by 600mm joints and nearly two hundred 700mm diameter Viking Johnson joints. In addition to this there are six 450mm diameter spigot & socket joint pipes. All pipe lengths and joints were supplied in new condition, so no blasting pretreatment was required. CAPTION: Winn & Coales area manager, top right, trained Lewis Civil Engineering staff to achieve best application of the Denso P2 Joint Protection System The Denso materials were supplied via Burdens Civil Group, Merthyr Tydfil.


September 2018

Transport System with Buffer & Sorter for the Production of Cast Parts Using a range of products, mk were able to restore autonomy to their customer’s production line.

There were two machining stations in a production process for cast parts that need to be interlinked. The upstream and downstream machines have different cycle times. Two different part types are produced on the line simultaneously and they are placed on the interlink system in no particular order. They must be presented to the subsequent machine sorted and with a cycle time of about 30 seconds per part. The cast parts are washed and have sharp edges but mk needed to ensure that they transported the items without damaging them. They needed to lie directly on the conveying medium so that a separate workpiece carrier is not required. The system had to run reliably for the customer’s three-shift operation. mk have achieved this by designing a transport system consisting of


ZRF-P 2040 twin-lane timing belt conveyors arranged a top of one another. The timing belts have a cut-resistant coating on the transport side with side rails preventing the parts from falling. The timing belt conveyors are each about 8 metres in length and serve as buffer lines. The system can store a total of 50 workpieces. A distributor shuttle sorts the workpieces by type onto two additional ZRF-P 2040 timing belt conveyors. A shift register ensures that the different types are correctly assigned. The distributor shuttle is a threeaxis unit consisting of a lift and a traversing unit to which a timing belt conveyor is mounted. The lift is built from an LZR 2005 linear module with a stroke of about 1100 mm and it is driven by a motor with a brake. The traversing unit is also built from a linear module, with a horizontal stroke of about 640 mm. The ZRF-P 2010 timing belt conveyor

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Convenient cable test and diagnostics - even in the city!


he new Megger Centrix City cable test van has been specifically developed to allow users to take advanced cable testing and diagnostic facilities right into the heart of congested cities, where access may be difficult for larger cable test vehicles. An invaluable aid for reducing downtime in low-voltage networks, the Centrix City is based on the proven and highly regarded Megger Centrix design, which allows all major functions to be accessed through an intuitive single-dial user interface. Centrix City cable test vans provide single-phase connections for all HV operating modes, and threephase connections for reflectometer measurements. According to their requirements, users can specify vans with VLF CR 40 or VLF CR 60 test systems, which work with cosine-rectangular test waveforms


at a frequency of 0.1 Hz, or they can opt for the TDM 4540 test set that additionally offers sine wave VLF and partial discharge mapping using the damped AC (DAC) testing method. All of the options include extensive safety features that inhibit operation unless all connections, including earth connections, have been made correctly. The Centrix City is available in three main configurations, fault locating only, testing and diagnostics only, or a combined version of fault locating and testing and diagnostics. For fault locating the chosen system is complemented by a Teleflex time domain reflectometer (TDR), which supports direct TDR operation as well as arc-reflection (ARMÂŽ) techniques for accurate and efficient pre-location of a wide range of fault types. To ensure easy operation, even for inexperienced users, Teleflex TDRs provide automatic configuration,

automatic cable measurement and automatic fault location. Full manual control is also provided for experienced users. The results produced by the equipment on board the Centrix City vehicle are automatically loaded into MeggerBook Cable, an intelligent database software package that has been developed specifically for cable management applications. This ensures that valuable information is always securely stored and readily accessible. The results can be printed immediately, or saved in pdf format for subsequent archiving and export. As well as the on-board test equipment, Centrix City vehicles provide convenient accommodation for connecting cables, which are located on readily accessible reels at the rear of the vehicle. These cables can be supplied in a wide range of configurations to match the user’s exact requirements.

September 2018

Progressive cavity pumps for efficient waste removal Thanks to their versatility and reliability, progressive cavity (PC) pumps continue to remain popular among food processors for a variety of product transfer duties including waste removal of by-products and waste. Most food plants generate by-products, particularly if engaged in primary processing and these must be removed from production areas as efficiently and hygienically as possible, complying with ABP regulations, incurring minimal costs whilst maximising any potential revenue. Traditional removal methods for solid waste include: manual removal using tote bins; blown air systems and vacuum systems; and water flumes. Food processors often use a combination of these, however, they can incur high running costs in the form of manual labour, energy use or water treatment. PC pumps offer an alternative, removing waste in enclosed pipework from both high care and low risk areas, with low energy and labour demands.

Chopping with pumping SEEPEX has designed a progressive cavity pump that can chop and pump in the same unit, removing solid waste containing up to 40% dry solids (ds), without the need to add water. This open-hopper PC pump features an auger feed into fixed and rotating knives that can chop most products, producing a lower volume of waste which is easier to handle. Discarded products, raw materials, trimmings and rejects can all be handled within a single multipurpose unit enabling efficient and hygienic removal from both high care and low risk areas. Food processors gain a solution that delivers low cost removal while preserving the highest residual value of their by-products – particularly if the resultant ‘soup’ is sent to be converted into biogas.

PCPs in action SEEPEX has provided a series of bespoke pumping solutions to Natures Way Foods, a manufacturer of fresh convenient foods including ready-toeat fruit, and mixed fruit packs. The preparation of the finished products generates peelings, cores and stone waste, all of which must be removed from production areas. Their existing systems were not able to handle the volume or variable nature of either the different fruit types or the

process methods, some of which are automated whilst others rely on hand trimming. To combat this, SEEPEX has installed three different PC pump systems to handle different waste types and to fit within the factory configurations. They have low energy requirements compared to blown or vacuum systems and require no additional water to function efficiently. Their versatility and modular design enables them to cope with all the waste products, delivering cost savings and improved hygiene for today’s food processors.


September 2018

Securing electrical components: How fasteners can be used for security

regardless of the environment it is operating in, as they are often securing expensive or function-critical electrical components. The global climate has changed considerably over the last few decades in regards to the way that we work, integrate, communicate and travel. The development of mass air travel, smartphones and other pieces of technology has completely transformed the way in which we operate our daily lives. Whilst these innovations have become crucial assets in our global society, an undeniable new set of risks and dangers have evolved alongside these modernizations in technology and the expansion of globalisation, which have to be considered in manufacturing. Thieves, vandals and securing safetycritical components (such as on an passenger aircraft) are some examples as to why security fasteners are now becoming integral in product design. Manufacturers of technology have to be aware of these risks and produce


products that seek to reduce any potential dangers to users or by those with immoral intensions. Within these design considerations, security fasteners have taken a primary role. As they come in all shapes and sizes, security fasteners are designed in accordance with new technology developments, usually for a specific product design. At their most basic level, they provide a fastener function, keeping the product components together and helping to ensure that they work effectively and efficiently. However, they are different to traditional fasteners as they must have additional security features to prevent removal of the component. It’s crucial that security fasteners must be tamper-resistant and vandal-proof, in order to maintain the functionality of the product they are contained with,

This is accomplished by designing technology into the fasteners that prevent anyone from undoing the fastening without specialist equipment, or training. An example of this would be that on some designs, the outward shape of the screw may be very different to its actual shape within the product. Security fasteners could be designed to have increased frictional resistance with the bolt, preventing any rotation and thus preventing the nut from loosening. Available in a range of sizes, these fasteners can be used across product types and variations and be adjusted to specific environments or requirements. By implementing security and tamperresistant engineering right at the beginning of the product development phase, we can ensure we are doing all we can to contribute to a safer and more secure world. www.trfastenings.com

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September 2018

Palletiser robot boosts productivity and takes the strain for solidboard converter A consistent investment strategy, based around a growing demand for solidboard food packaging, has seen the recent installation of a robotic palletising system at Heathpak Limited. Contributing to a 20% increase in productivity, the palletiser has also allowed the upskilling of the existing production team.

between each layer. Provided initially with 9 programmes the Kawasaki robot provides the ability for great flexibility in particular over dedicated palletiser systems. Lyndon Whitlock continues, “The flexibility of the system is very important to us as we are able to offer fast turn-round ‘design to production’ box supply. This bespoke requirement is increasingly in demand for smaller quantities of specialist meats, ‘designer’ gins, fish and it is an area where we have a market lead. “The Kawasaki robot is proving to be a reliable and very straight-forward piece of equipment with the added benefit that customers visiting our new site see a clear statement of our commitment to continual improvement.” Used in the Heathpak palletising system, the CP Series robot works well within its capacity of payload, 180Kgs, speed of operation and large work envelope of 1,800 mm by 1,600 mm and height 2,200 mm. A new generation design recently introduced, the CP Series has green credentials weighing 38% less than its predecessor and adding regenerative braking motors.

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ngineered by Blackstar Handling Systems and centred around a Kawasaki robot, the palletiser is installed at the end of a converter line producing solidboard boxes. The installation is the latest stage of a £3m investment as it meets an unprecedented demand for quality red meats exported, from the UK and Ireland, to China and other fast developing economies. Lyndon Whitlock, Commercial Director, Heathpak Limited, explains, “We have a very structured approach to achieving lean productivity at Heathpak and having satisfied our lean objectives from the start of line, our new digital printer, through to the collater at the end of the converter line, we focused on the palletising operation. “We believe we are able to process solidboard through our system faster


than any other converter. Before the palletiser, handling around 8 tons of paper per hour meant we had four operators over a single shift carrying out work that nobody really should be doing. Our objective for the palletiser was always to allow us to use these operators more effectively, improving skills to allow them to work on all processes of the business.” Flat boxes output by the converter are collated and strapped into bundles prior to being fed by roller conveyor into the palletiser system. Dependent on the palletising pattern, bundles of boxes are fed either singly or in pairs to the robot pick-up point. A 35TUKawasaki CP Series robotU35T, fitted with a servo driven gripper, picks up the bundles and palletises them in the programmed pattern. The gripper is also equipped with two vacuum gripper/pads which allow the robot to place a separator board

September 2018

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September 2018

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Phoenix Mecano Ltd

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26 Faraday Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 8RY +44 (0)1296 611660 www.phoenix-mecano.co.uk

The Birches Industrial Estate, East Grinstead, RH19 1XZ, United Kingdom +44 (0)1342 410758, info@pts-uk.com http://www.pts-uk.com


Ecopac (UK) Power Ltd

Monitran Ltd, Monitor House, 33 Hazlemere Road, Penn, HP10 8AD, UK T: +44 (0)1494 816569 E: info@monitran.com www.monitran.com



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Engineering Update - September 2018  

Engineering Update - September 2018